Responding to homophobia: HIV/AIDS, homosexual community formation and identity in Queensland, 1983-1990

Robinson, Shirleene (2010) Responding to homophobia: HIV/AIDS, homosexual community formation and identity in Queensland, 1983-1990. Australian Historical Studies, 41 2: 181-197. doi:10.1080/10314611003716879


Author Robinson, Shirleene
Title Responding to homophobia: HIV/AIDS, homosexual community formation and identity in Queensland, 1983-1990
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10314611003716879
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 181
End page 197
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract During the 1980s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic threatened to become the largest public health crisis of the twentieth century, Queensland was governed by the right-wing Premier 'Joh' Bjelke-Petersen. This article explores the homosexual response to HIV/AIDS and associated homophobia in that state by considering the terrain the community-based Queensland AIDS Council traversed from 1983 onwards as the state's major gay and lesbian organisation. It argues that, as a result of the unique Queensland political situation, this organisation was forced to assume responsibility for managing a major epidemic. The article focuses on the Council's response to external and internal divisions, challenges it encountered developing structures of authority; and most importantly, the way it managed the crisis by effectively disseminating educational material to a vulnerable population through community media and information campaigns.
Keyword Homophobia
HIV/AIDS epidemic
Queensland AIDS Council
Community media
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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